The stories leading up to and immediately after Jesus’ birth involve a lot of coming and going. Relatives make the trek to share joy about their shocking pregnancies. About-to-be parents travel to ancestral homes and then flee as refugees. Unexpected visitors arrive from a unknown land. In the midst of all of these journeys we […]
What if we would look at the parable of The Good Samaritan from a different perspective? What if we would enter in to the story from the perspective of the wounded traveler? Would that change what we think of this story? What could we learn about our enemies?
This week we studied Jesus’ teaching from Matthew 13:31-35, the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast. We discovered that these two very short stories teach us much about the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom shows up through ordinary things, is one of abundant potential, and involves our action and trust.
Listen as we continue to look at the parables Jesus used to teach. This week we looked at the parable of The Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18:9-14.
What can we learn from a parable that spans just two verses? We think quite a lot! Listen here as we dig into the Pearl of Great Price from Matthew 13:45-46.
This Sunday, we welcomed Josh Wall from Fifth Reformed Church here in Grand Rapids to teach us about the parable of the tenants from Mark 12:1-12. Listen here as he unpacks this parable.
We began a new series this Sunday on the Parables of Jesus. This week, we read through Luke 15, reading the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. These stories remind us to be people who remain attentive and people who celebrate. Listen here to find out how.
How do we become wise navigators of this complex, nuanced world? Listen here as we take a walk through the gospel of Luke, learning from how Jesus navigated the world around him.
Many of the parables of Jesus are well known, even making their way into popular culture. We have “Good Samaritan” laws, and Hallmark continues to turn out stories about a “prodigal” son or daughter who’s finally come home (or so I’ve heard). But as is often the way with Jesus, there is more to explore […]
This week, we looked at Luke 9:1-6, where Jesus sends out the 12 disciples, giving them power and authority to do some pretty amazing things. We know that God has given us that same power and authority. God invites us to be people who reimagine, risk and rest in God’s provision.
A renewed self means that we look and act more and more like Jesus. This week, we we talked about how Jesus compels us to be people who show up. What does that look like? We’ll explore that together. Listen here.
We continued our series on renewal this Sunday. This week we talked about incarnational living and how that involves listening, stopping and emptying.
In the second week of this series, we look at Matthew 9:9-13. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Jesus tells the religious leaders to go and learn what this means. It’s a phrase they had memorized from the book of Hosea, but were they living it out? Where in our lives do we show mercy? Do […]
What does it look like to join God’s work of renewal in the world? Listen here for the first sermon in a new series on renewal. And join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 for the next few weeks as we continue to talk about renewal.
It was our great pleasure to worship with the congregation of Comunidad Cristiana de Grand Rapids this Sunday. Chris (Branch Pastor) and Rodrigo (CCGR Pastor), with the aid of a very talented translator, brought us the sermon together. Listen here as they taught us about judgement, Romans 2:1-4.